Brian Carney puts boot in on Eamonn McManus “diatribe” against referees

Drew Darbyshire

Sky Sports presenter Brian Carney has hit out at the comments made towards referees by St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus.

McManus made the headlines last Friday night for what he wrote in St Helens’ matchday programme against Castleford.

McManus was frustrated that Morgan Knowles’ early effort was not sent upstairs by referee Robert Hicks in their 18-4 defeat to Warrington in the Challenge Cup final.

He also hinted that the response to a death threat by Hicks and Warrington chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick the week before the match was a “publicity stunt”.

Speaking on Sky Sports on Friday night, Carney commented: “The words are very considered and it’s a very well written piece.

“But unfortunately it’s a diatribe against referees and, in particular, the decisions that went against them in the Challenge Cup final.

“And what I would say to a man like Eamonn, who does know better and should know better, is that you’re only adding to the bile that’s heaped on referees.

“You should be aware of the trickle-down effect of that, Eamonn, and I would say a piece like that on a night like this is a disappointment.”

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